During the holidays and even in working days, the Saha Maintsoanala Mandraka Park opens its doors and welcomes family, friends and tourists. New infrastructures have been put in place to satisfy the needs of each visitor profile. Details
jeudi 14 décembre 2017
mercredi 15 novembre 2017
The East of Madagascar is not only the beach or paradise landscapes. It is also local products manufactured on-site to support local economic development. If you want to discover the East differently and bring your solidarity to theses local productions, you are invited to participate in the nature circuit in the organic sugar factory of Fanandrana.
mercredi 11 octobre 2017
In the province of Tuléar, in the extreme south of Madagascar, there are several protected areas worth visiting. Among them, the new protected area of Tsinjoriake is only 17 km from the city town of Tuléar. Want to discover this unique and wild place? Let's go together!
mardi 26 septembre 2017
To the north of Antananarivo, a small village named Ambolo constitutes a high place of discovery and walk. Even if the holidays are ended, a little detour with family or friends is well worth it. One day is enough to discover the authenticity and the natural richness of this intimate, charming and welcoming place.
lundi 28 août 2017
There are a thousand ways to discover the Anosy region. During the special Festival of the sea which took place on July 28th, 29th and 30th, spectators were able to discover Fort Dauphin in a different way. For the absent, here is a little glimpse of what happened.
lundi 24 juillet 2017
The East is one of the highlights of the big island in terms of tourist destinations. There are several ways to discover it, among others the car, the relay plane / car but also the boat. This last means of transport is even more interesting than the others. It offers new landscapes even more breathtaking, new discoveries more natural, entirely wild and typically untamed by man. This time, it will be a fresh route between land and sea. Let's go!
mardi 27 juin 2017
The health resort of Ranomafana is a rare pearl situated in Ifanadiana. In the heart of the tropical forest of Antsinana, the thermal pool of Ranomafana makes the reputation of the place. Its thermal springs from natural warm waters attract a good number of visitors wishing to make a cure or wishing to discover the authenticity of the place. So, want a moment of well-being and discovery in a tropical forest? The thermal cure center at Ranomafana Park is just waiting for you.
Let's talk about Ranomafana Baths
Discovered in 1991, this rain forest hid many natural resources, including lemurs endemic to Madagascar. This same forest also harbored hot springs capable of being transformed into a natural pool of hot water. Each year, Malagasy and foreign tourists jostle to discover the health resort of Ranomafana. The hot water pool constitutes the main advantage of the station. The idea comes from there and the infrastructure has been developed. Since the construction has ended, the thermal pool remains active and opens its doors to all Malagasy and foreigners come to visit the island.
The large swimming pool measures about twenty meters and contains liters of natural hot water at about 38 °. For information, hot springs come directly from the surrounding mountains and flow down to irrigate the entire forest and natural park. According to specialists, taking a hot bath in this thermal pool provides health and wellbeing. These warm waters possess natural curative powers, essential for treating rheumatism, bone diseases and diseases.
What to do and what to see in Ranomafana?
Let us not forget that besides the thermal pool, a national park rich in endemic biodiversity complements the assets of the locality. Your holidays are not limited to the hot bath in the swimming pool but also to the visit of this very famous park of Madagascar. To complete your diary, the park reveals various species of endemic animals of the big island. Among, you will find 12 species of lemurs, 90 species of butterflies, more than 60 species of reptiles, 115 bird species, more than 100 species of amphibians and 30 species of terrestrial mammals.
In the heart of the rainforest, endemic trees and plants also abound. If only orchids and palms are mentioned, the medicinal plants also complete the picture. While cruising the forest during a trekking or hiking tour, discover the waterfalls and primary circuits drawn in the middle of the primary forest. If you are curious minds, you can visit researchers and observers focused on their work. A basic center was built in the park to develop the work of these scientists. As it seems, these devoted people do not stop to discover new species of animals and plants finding refuges in this exceptional Madagascan forest.
dimanche 28 mai 2017
Situated in Alaotra Mangoro, about 141 km from Tana, Mantadia National Park is part of one of the protected areas of Andasibe. Covering an area of 15 500 ha, Mantadia is an incredible place where flora and fauna reign supreme. To know more about the best of this fauna and flora Mantadia, make a reservation and dive with us at the heart of the adventure.
The endemic and exceptional fauna of Mantadia
Many animals are listed within the park. Some are endemic while others are endangered. Finding refuge in the heart of this protected area, these animals find their own happiness and are the object of several studies and observations by various researchers from all over the world. During your visit, do not miss:
- The lemurs Aye-Aye, Indri Indri, Varika Mavo as well as other lemurs cohabiting with these first three. A priori, we also see the lemurs Varecia, Avahi and Eulemur.
- Chameleons are also many to Mantadia. The Calumma is the biggest of all species, sheltering in trees and easy to observe in hot season
- Endemic birds such as Pila and Triotrio are the most remarkable. The Malagasy Baza raptor is also present in the park despite being difficult to observe. Among the endangered species of birds, you will surely cross the Crossleyia xanthophrys, a bird with yellow eyebrows easy to observe in this site.
- The snake Boa or Manditra, which arouses fear and terror in some visitors. Yet it is part of the park's richness.
- The insects among which beetles and lepidoptera . Among its insects, we find the most beautiful butterfly in the world including the famous Urania Madagascariensis.
- Endemic fish are less well known but also present in Mantadia. These are the Ratsirakia legendrei and Rheocles alaotrensis. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, these two fish are disappearing.
The variety of flora inventoried to Mantadia
Apart from the fauna, Mantadia is also a sanctuary for many endemic plants of the island. The big forest is the domain of several species of orchids, lianas, other invasive plants and some plantations from foreign countries. For a guided tour, discover:
- Hundreds of endemic orchid species from Madagascar bloom between October and February.
- The Vakoana or Pandanus, also endemic and which serve as habitat for some frogs
- Arboreal ferns or Fanjàna with their broad leaves. These plants push all year long in the park
- The tree Ambora or Tambourrissa which is also visible all year long.
- The bamboos, pinus and eucalyptus which grow mainly around the park
- The invasive plants that also exist within the park. You will see rubus mauricana and caméléa sisensis.
- Other medicinal plants and other varieties from China are also cultivated there. China's water lilies, ferns, mosses and guavas, which adapt perfectly to the environment.
lundi 24 avril 2017
Regions rich in fauna and flora are numerous in Madagascar. One of them and the most popular tourist is the Andasibe Park. At 140 km from the capital on National Road 2, towards the province of Tamatave, Andasibe Park is an authentic and breathtaking tourist place, allowing you to pass a successful and unparalleled stay.
As we speak, Andasibe Park is still one of the rare pearls of the island. According to specialists, the place still remains a Malagasy green gold that deserves not only a passage. It is worth a few days, even a few weeks, visit. At the heart of this green gold, nature is galore, luxuriant and warm. When talking about Andasibe, one particularly remembers its extensive tropical forest that stirs up curiosity. Why is that ? Simply because it has assets to show visitors. Immersed in the heart of this tropical forest, you will be amazed by the beauty of the vegetation and the multitude of animals that live there.
The precious refuge of lemurs
If you choose a few days holiday in the park, accommodations will be at your disposal. In the early morning, do not be surprised if you hear the cry of the lemurs waking you up. Indeed, it is their official dwelling. And that's one of the reasons we come to this place. You go to Andasibe to rest but also to see and observe these famous endemic animals of Madagascar. The most numerous in Andasibe are the Indri. Considered as the biggest Malagasy lemurs, the Indri live in this natural reserve and protected by a few Malagasy and foreign associations. There are about 800 Indri in Andasibe and to better see them, a special circuit is proposed by the park. Unique and impressive by their large size and their behavior, these Indri offer you a morning song soft and incomparable.
A charming place for eco-tourism enthusiasts
In addition to the Indri, other animals such as birds, reptiles and other species of lemurs also inhabit Andasibe. During the circuits presented by the park, you can admire all this authentic fauna. And do not forget that the flora is also majestic. In the middle of the forest, eucalyptus and rare orchids in the world have settled. One to four hours of adventure will help you to discover everything. To satisfy you, you can choose from the few types of circuits. For example, the hiking trail to get lost in the middle of trees, canoeing, biking, squashing or horseback to better see the lemurs more closely. If you are more adventurous, a night tour is also offered by the park. This time, you will be immersed in the middle of the forest to contemplate the beauty of the park at night.
As you know, eastern Madagascar is dominated by a humid climate all year round. However, between September and November, the climate is rather mild. This is the high season so it is best to make a reservation before this period. This saves you the visits of Andasibe in the torrential rain.
lundi 27 mars 2017
If the eastern part of the island is known for its temperate and rainy climate, the west is seduced by its dry climate and mild temperature. We love the west for its authenticity and its unquestionable natural value. A visit is worth it, we go!
A little-known vacation spot
Comparing East and West of Madagascar, vacationers mainly lean towards the east. When they go on holiday, they generally choose the province of Tamatave and its surroundings. The west, less explored, was not always in the list of the best destinations. Since the Malagasy national tourist office has been developing recovery strategies, the West is now more attractive, even though there are not many holidaymakers. The Malagasy want to know this place of holidays as well unique as surprising. In addition to the premises, tourists also did not hesitate and arrive en masse. A lot of curiosities attract the attention of foreign tourists. Hence their enthusiasm for this part of the island.
The favorite west of tourists
When analyzing the number of visitors, Malagasy are more numerous than foreigners. This figure does not yet reach the expected figure, as it is very close to the percentage of foreign visitors. Compared with the enthusiasm for the east and the northwest (Majunga), the west is still in third place. This is explained by the distance, a little distance away from the capital. Tamatave is less than 400 kms, Majunga 600 kms, Morondava to Bemaraha is 850 kms. It is normal that the Malagasy do not go to this locality. In this case, the west is for the moment the favorite of foreign tourists. Every year, they do not miss the seasonal rendezvous. Coming from all over China, France, Canada, Germany and the United States, all these people want to discover the typical West of Madagascar. They know more about this place than the Malagasy. By consulting the internet, they see the reputation of the west proudly evoked in several tourist sites. Those who have already come have.
And if we talked about its wealth
What makes the West the favorite place of tourists "vazaha"? First of all, the visitors are fewer so security is a must. This part of the island is also calm and nature is within reach of all. The weather is not often spoiled like that of the east, very rainy and cold. There, the heat sets the body in motion and invites you to swim and sunbathe. When one moves more and more towards the west, one sees one's unique riches. You have the baobabs, the endemic animals like the lemurs and especially this famous sunset. When you visit the Baobab Alley, stay there until the early evening to admire the sunset. We continue the itinerary and reach the extreme west. In this part, the Tsingy of Bemaraha will be your center of interest. You will concentrate on this unique place in the world where the fauna and the flora are in better cohabitation. You'll see, it's really sensational. No wonder these vazahas are jostling to come to the west.
mercredi 22 février 2017
We never tire of saying it: the South of Madagascar is an incredible place that deserves to be discovered at least once in its life. This invitation is addressed to all Malagasy but also to all foreigners. If you want to dive into a luxuriant, rich and authentic nature, the South of Madagascar will be your best destination.
4 unmissable parks
You know that Madagascar is an island with a thousand parks. From north to south and from east to west, nature reserves have been built to preserve and protect the island's wildlife and flora. In the south alone, there are at least four. And if the opportunity to go there, you should not miss these four national parks of southern Madagascar.
Who are they ?
-The Ranomafana Park
Both surprising and mystical, these parks each have their own particularity. It is not worth spoiling the surprise. To know the specificity of each one, it is preferable to set foot there. It is only necessary to specify that the park of Ranomafana is close to the capital. Zombitse is therefore the most southerly, that is to say, the furthest from the four.
The common features of these parks
Even though they have their own characteristics, these parks share common features. The fact that they are natural reserves already indicate the great presence of different plant and animal species. Some species only exist on the island, so they can only be seen in the heart of these national parks. If Ranomafana is famous for its thermal waters, its virgin forest and its reptiles, Isalo is none the less with its gigantic rocks resembling the great canyons of America. If Andringitra is a good place to observe the lemurs, Zombitse also offers the most beautiful beaches of the southern part.
Let's visit everyone!
It was just a foretaste but once there, it's a thousand times better. In that case, why not visit them all? You just have to contact the right tourist guide, knowing perfectly the south, and everything is settled. This guide will explain the routes to follow. As a professional, he certainly will not miss these four parks that we talked about earlier. Even better, there may be other surprises even more stunning than these parks.
lundi 23 janvier 2017
In Madagascar, it is not only the highlands that attract tourists. The Eastern region is also an absolute must-see. A palette of discoveries is proposed: either you head to Andasibe to observe the Indri, or you explore the East Green by making several stops on some regions, or you choose the North East in the pursuit of whales watching.
The first itinerary: the Indri refuge
Lemurs, Indri or Babakoto, eastern Madagascar is the preferred place of these primates. Have you ever seen on TV? In Madagascar, you can see them, observe them and even feed them. For this first itinerary, it is on Andasibe that your discovery will begin. It is in this locality that you will deposit your bags. A natural reserve awaits you. This was specially erected to preserve the protection of Indri, before hunted by local poachers. Part of the rich endemic fauna of the island, the Indri serve as scenery and inhabitants in the heart of this natural reserve. Welcome to your new neighbors.
The second itinerary: the East Green and its splendor
No animal can survive in this part of the island without the forest and the luxurious vegetation of the East. Even if this vegetation constitutes the habitat of a large number of animals, it is also an undoubted curiosity in itself. To visit the East Green is also an option in its own right in the discovery of the island. This time, you no longer focus on Andasibe. This is one of the places to visit but there will also be Manambato and the Akanin'ny nofy. These three journeys together in a single itinerary thus establish the second itenerary to the east of Madagascar. Even more suspense and excitement.
The third itenerary: whales watching
Principal refuge of Malagasy fauna and flora, the East is also a temporary habitat for whales watching. These big mammals rejoin the extreme east of the island, at Sainte Marie, to put their little ones there. All the months of July, tourists, researchers and observers jostle to be against these visitors. The region even organizes a week of celebration to honor the arrival of these whales. At this time of year, the warm water of this region attracts these mammals and allows them to raise their whales-calves. Once again, the East made him talk about. Whales, Indri or vegetation, it has enough to make you capsize.